A show about the boundary-pushing art of radical Latin American women and another devoted to the science fiction of the Americas are just two of 43 exhibitions and events receiving $8.5 million in grants from the Getty Foundation as part of Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America, scheduled to kick off in fall 2017.
The awards, to be formally announced at a Wednesday morning event in downtown Los Angeles, will help to fund Latino- and Latin America-themed shows across Southern California — an unprecedented series of exhibitions that will add to the scholarship of an under-researched area of art history, organizers said.
The grants include $425,000 for the Hammer Museum in Westwood for its show on radical women artists, $310,000 for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for a survey of how artists in Latin American countries reacted to political oppression during the 20th century and $225,000 to the UC Riverside Artsblock for an exhibition devoted to art and sci-fi.
Among the top recipients is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which will receive almost $500,000 for its trio of exhibitions: a retrospective of the L.A. artist Carlos Almaraz; a design show that will look at the historic connections between California and Mexico; and a survey devoted to genre-busting contemporary artists. That last show will be developed in partnership with the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, which is hosting artist residencies and which will also have a related display.
“We’ve brought educators, registrars, people responsible for programming — we’ve brought them together around intellectual issues to discuss what is Latin American art, what is Latino art, what is the relationship,” Marrow said, later adding: “When the curators get together, they develop activities together and share information.”
Two years ago, the foundation awarded $5 million in research grants to 40 Southern California arts institutions to help them research and initiate planning on PST: LA/LA. The new grants will support a couple of exhibitions whose future was uncertain.
The foundation originally granted $170,000 to the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach for a show of Latin American kinetic art organized by curator Dan Cameron. But Cameron and other museum staffers were laid off in 2015 when a new director took over the museum. In addition, a planned construction project at OCMA threatened to make staging the show in the museum’s galleries impossible.
The exhibition, “Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954-1969,” has now found a home at the Palm Springs Art Museum, with Cameron still at the helm.
Also up in the air was a show of the work of outsider artist Martín Ramírez at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, which had received a $90,000 research grant. The institution has been without a gallery space since departing its longtime home at Bergamot Station last summer, but the Ramírez exhibition is set to go on — thanks in part to a new $175,000 exhibition grant.
The exact location of that show, however, remains a bit of a mystery.
The show will be at the museum’s to-be-announced permanent space in Los Angeles, a museum spokesperson said by email: “Details will be forthcoming soon.”